Yesterday was a big day for the Toronto Marlies at the Rioch Coliseum as they hosted a Canadian Forces Appreciation Day.
The event was organised in conjunction with the MLSE Team Up Foundation, who donated a generous $36,000 to the Soldier On Fund:
In honour of the troops, the Marlies decided to wear special camouflage jerseys for the game:
Well, I guess it’s the thought that counts.
Here’s Corey Syvret sitting on the bench, wishing he really was camouflaged:
As part of the festivities, members of the Canadian Forces took part in a ceremonial puck drop with the team captains:
A member of the Canadian Armed Forces and a young fan proudly pose with their Marlies hats. They may or may not be chuckling to themselves about the camouflage jerseys:
While we’re (still) on the subject of the jerseys, several of them were auctioned off during the game. However, this father and son appear genuinely conflicted between helping out a really good cause and potentially having to actually own one of the jerseys:
Given the occasion, it was only fitting the Marlies went on to beat the Binghamton Senators 2-1 in a shootout. Afterwards the players posed for a group photo with the troops:
Post game, Sam Carrick and his teammates also signed autographs in Marlies Alley to round off a special afternoon for players, troops and fans alike:
Photo credits: @TorontoMarlies & @joshjimenez
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